Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)

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Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)
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Who was she? Sometimes she was a child skipping rope. Sometimes she was a woman with a passionate hunger. And one day the woman and the child came together…

Rachel, Rachel is a moving, mature meditation on loneliness and existential angst, best remembered as the directorial debut of Paul Newman. Newman intentionally chose this small-scale, dramatic story to make his entrée into filmmaking. Newman's wife, Joanne Woodward, is convincing as the title character determined to change her life. Though acclaimed –the picture won New York Film Critics awards for both Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, and an Oscar nomination for Joanne Woodward– the film suffered a quick death at the box office and is, regrettably, largely forgotten. Rachel, Rachel was released on DVD for the first time on February 2009.

Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)

An impressive directorial debut for Newman, "Rachel, Rachel" stars his wife, Joanne Woodward, and their daughter Nell Potts. An account of a spinster striving to break out of her frustrating job as a teacher and her demanding home life, looking after her mother, the film's virtues lie in the wry observation of Rachel's slipping into a second childhood when James Olson appears on the scene as a possible saviour. While in no way as powerful as Barbara Loden's "Wanda", Newman's film none the less captures the quiet desperation of enforced life in sleepytown America. — Time Out Film Guide

Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Both the camera and the man behind it were obviously in love with the actress on screen, and, that actress, Joanne Woodward, was arguably never better than she was in "Rachel, Rachel", husband-Paul-Newman's first directing effort. The low-key story involves a woman who reaches the middle of her life and realizes that she has yet to start living. Trapped in a small apartment above a funeral parlor with her whining possessive mother, Rachel is a schoolteacher with daydreams of having a life and children of her own.
Rachel's emotions are written on Woodward's face in a way few actresses have ever conveyed feeling. Words are superfluous, because the actress's subtle shifts of expression reveal the woman's raw vulnerability and, eventually, her sexual and emotional awakening. A course in film acting could be taught with this film as the primer. Although Kate Harrington, James Olson, and Estelle Parsons provide able support, the film is Woodward's showcase, and Newman's sturdy direction does not detract from his star. The shifts between Rachel's present and her memories and dreams are seamless, clear, and illuminating rather than distracting.
The film requires patience, but that does not imply boring, but rather leisurely paced, much like life in a small town that lies off the main roads. Getting to know another person requires time, and Rachel is worth knowing. "Rachel, Rachel" is a not to be missed minor masterwork with a performance that will haunt and linger in memory indefinitely. Newman never surpassed his directing here, and few actresses have surpassed Woodward's achievement either.
— dglink from Alexandria, VA (IMDb review)

Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Coming off the heels of "Hombre" and "Cool Hand Luke", Paul Newman was becoming a greater star than ever before, but, never interested in merely resting on his laurels, the star turned to directing in 1968 with "Rachel, Rachel". To do so, and to extract the $700,000 from Warner Brothers to make "Rachel, Rachel", he had to acquiesce to several demands of the studio, including having two films added to his contract to the studio in which he had to star, for which he would receive a dramatic pay-cut, and the film's star, Newman's wife, Joanne Woodward, had to sign on for another film, for which she too would be paid far less than her usual salary. It was a heavy price to pay, but as Robert Osborne introduced the film for Turner Classic Movies on the day they selected to memorialize the recently departed actor-director, October 12, it was a price paid for this, a Newman family labor of love. (The film also has Newman and Woodward's daughter, named Nell Potts, playing Rachel as a rope-skipping haunted daughter.) — Alexander Coleman, Coleman's Corner in Cinema

Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Paul Newman – Rachel, Rachel (1968)








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